Letters to the Editor

Wake up, seniors; wake up, Iowans

The fact is Iowa’s GOP leadership has failed seniors and all Iowans.

The privatization of Medicaid has left many without the services needed. Fred Hubbell will correct this mistake.

Iowa GOP leadership has failed to include direct care workers in Future Ready Iowa. They have failed to provide the funds needed to enable the long-term care ombudsman to visit residents in long-term care facilities. By contrast, I have heard Hubbell advocate for both.

Gov. Kim Reynolds has failed to issue an executive order to establish a Senior Living Coordinating Committee to get the four major departments impacting seniors to work together. Iowa has failed to develop a comprehensive strategy for addressing the needs of seniors. GOP leadership has failed to break down the silos that exist in state government.

Iowa GOP leadership has not developed a comprehensive elder abuse law to protect our most vulnerable citizens. They have not passed the Iowa Care Act to support caregivers.

I am told that seniors tend to vote Republican. All I can say is: “Wake Up Seniors! Wake Up Iowans!”

It is time to vote for a change. Iowa can do better. Iowa needs a Democratic Governor, Senate and House.

Bob Welsh

Iowa City

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